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...SAYS LET's BE GUIDED BY HISTORY

Following the end of campaigns in Ondo State, ahead of Saturday’s Governorship Elections, Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, on Friday called on stakeholders and critical actors in the process to ensure that, nothing is done to undermine peace, security and stability.

He also called on INEC and security agencies, particularly to act, in a non-partisan manner according to their constitutional mandate, to provide a level playing field for the conduct of peaceful polls.

The governor also warned against "any temptation to engage in acts capable of undermining the security and stability of Ondo State in a desperate attempt to deliver any pre-determined outcomes."

Dickson added that such untoward action could have far reaching negative consequences, beyond Ondo state.

He emphasised that “we should be guided by history”.

 

….Gov Dickson rewards troupe, pledges more support

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Thursday charged the State Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs and the Council For Arts and Culture to develop a cultural calendar for the hosting of monthly cultural shows as well as an annual cultural carnival.

He gave the charge at a state dinner, in honour of the state Council of Arts and Culture for emerging the overall winner at the just concluded 29th National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking at the dinner, which held at the Diepreye Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, the Governor congratulated the council for their meritorious outing, noting that, tourism, arts and culture would be major revenue earners for the state, in the nearest future.

While urging the council to generate revenue and remit a certain percentage to the state government coffers, Governor Dickson stated that, the government would provide a monthly subvention to enable the council function optimally.

He said, "Thr government will continue to honour and reward those who go for gold in representing the state. You are champions of culture. Henceforth, you will participate in all annual festivals including that of Abuja.

Governor Dickson, who announced the elevation Mrs. Payeboye Festus Lukor from an acting capacity to the substantive Director of the Council for Arts and Culture, described the staff of the council, as Champions of Culture, adding that, the government will continue to encourage them to participate in all annual festivals, including the Abuja carnival, as part of efforts to sustain their winning streak.

He said, his administration has spent close to N50 billion on the international airport and other facilities as a deliberate policy to boost infrastructural development to attract foreign investment towards shoring up the state’s revenue profile.

 “We have already spent close to N50 billion on the our international airport and other facilities within the project site.

 In his remarks, the Secretary to State Government, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, described the Council of Arts and Culture as a special and a talented group of Bayelsans, who have projected the state’s culture to the world.

 In her brief remarks, the new Director of the Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Festus-Lukor thanked the Governor for his financial and moral support, which spurred them to the top prize at the festival.

 

 

Ahead of the December 10, 2016 rerun legislative elections in Rivers State , Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced that  the State Commissioner of Police has withdrawn  majority  of  policemen  providing  security for him.

The governor  also  called on youths in the  state  to protect their votes and the mandate of the  people , despite the planned deployment  of security  personnel  for illegal  electoral  purposes . 

Flagging off the reconstruction of the Igbo-pEtche Road  on Friday , Governor Wike said this deliberate  security  infraction orchestrated  to intimidate  him, will not succeed . 

He said: "As I speak with you , the Commissioner of  Police has withdrawn  the security  around me. It is God that will protect me 

"As a governor , the Commissioner of Police has the effrontery to withdraw my security .  There is no limit to this kind  of  intimidation and impunity ".

He said despite the assault by the Commissioner of Police and the Security Agencies , nobody in Rivers State  will be intimidated by the  political antics of the police . 

The governor  informed  that he has intercepted  the security  manual for the election  to  be used by Rivers State  Police Command . 

According to him, the Rivers State Police Command  will deploy policemen in manner  that APC  leaders  in the state  will have access to  disproportionate  number of policemen on election day.

He noted that on the average , the police command will attach at least 15 policemen to one APC  leader, for the purpose of intimidation  and  theft of electoral materials.

He added that some of the policemen would also be used  by INEC  to divert election  materials  to  the home of APC  leaders  for electoral  fraud.

He advised the Rivers State Police Commissioner not to allow APC leaders to mislead him  into commiting electoral  fraud . He also warned the police commissioner  against  indiscriminate  arrests being proposed by  APC  leaders  on the premise of frivolous  petitions . 

He assured the  Etche Ethnic  Nationality  that its time has come for massive developmental  interventions . 

Simeon Nwakaudu ,

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor ,Electronic Media . 

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